Bible Doodle: Psalm 8:2

Through the praise of children and infants     you have established a stronghold against your enemies,     to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2, NIV You don’t have to be an adult, big, strong, or bold to yield the weapon of praise. The action of praising God activates your faith, and God defeats the enemy. Read about… Read More

Stuck in the Muck of Parenting? 5 Thought Models Provide Direction

During the summer months I was blessed by grandchildren in my home, with overnights and cousin time a big priority for them and for me. The grandkids blessed me with their love, and I blessed their parents with time off of parenting—a win-win for everyone, right? One three-week stretch was mostly dedicated to these blessings,… Read More

Our sins affect generations

A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22, NLT Whatever we do leaves a deposit that will affect our children—for good or ill. Next time temptation hits, say out loud, “Whatever I do will impact my children and their children and their… Read More

Growing good citizens

I am God—yes, I Am. I haven’t changed… Malachi 3:6 (The Message) God has given us laws to live by; we know what they are. And we know we’re going to mess up. He has a plan in place for that as well: love, grace, and mercy. His people know exactly where they stand with… Read More

Parental discipline instills power and expertise

We are born with little power or expertise—we depend on those around us for everything. As we grow, we internalize and identify with how things are done, and we develop coping mechanisms based on our experiences. The power a child needs as he grows into adulthood comes from his early identification with authority. Were his… Read More